May brought flowers, of course, but also some not-so-sweet-smelling news, like more basketball coaching changes for the River City. Here’s a recap of May’s most notable news. Take note: Memphis in May wraps up today with the new 901Fest (details below)! Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend!
Memphis Grizzlies Hire David Fizdale as Head Coach
Just a few short weeks after the Memphis Grizzlies dumped head coach Dave Joerger, the team announced that Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale has accepted the Grizzlies’ offer to be their next coach, agreeing to a four-year deal. Joerger was fired May 7 after three seasons and three playoff appearances. This will be the first head coaching job for Fizdale, who has been with the Heat since 2008. Joerger moves on to take the top spot at Sacramento.
Sur la Table (and a few other stores) coming to Saddle Creek
We’re pretty darn fired up about the retail mojo that’s going on in the city. Saddle Creek, the Germantown lifestyle center, announced that kitchen supply retailer Sur la Table, Sephora, American Threads, and Paper Source are coming to the ‘burb. The openings of these four retailers and a few others will be scattered throughout the rest of 2016 and early 2017.
City Tasting Tours Launches
Memphian and foodie Cristina McCarter loves the city so much, she wants to show off its culinary side through her new venture, City Tasting Tours. Each tour stops for a shared plate at five downtown restaurants, including Central BBQ, Earnestine and Hazel’s, and Café Pontotoc. Tours are Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. and last about 2.5 hours. The cost is $55. See the schedule and register for a tour here.
We’ll drink to that!
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland recently signed a pledge to make Memphis City Hall a more conducive workplace for breastfeeding moms. Now, there’s a lactation support policy for city offices which includes designated storage for breast milk in workroom fridges. Down the road, lactation rooms also will be available.
Indie Memphis Lands Amazon Studios as Marquee Sponsor
Indie Memphis has a lead sponsor for the 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival: Amazon Studios. The film and TV production, and distribution arm of Amazon.com Inc. has a rep for creating and buying independent films, and distributing via streaming platforms (duh!) and traditional theatrical releases. The Film Festival takes place November 1 – 7, 2016.
Memphis in May Wraps Today
MusicFest and BBQFest were their usual smashing weekends, and today, the new 901Fest debuts to close out the Memphis in May International Festival. Rapper Al Kapone is the headliner for today’s festivities, which run from 3 p.m. to about 10 p.m. in Tom Lee Park, 357 Riverside Drive, Memphis, TN 38103, and includes an air show and fireworks. All of this is in addition to four themed music stages and a crazy-big selection of local food and beverage vendors.
We also want to give a shout out to Laura Matthews, St. Mary’s Episcopal School alum and Rice University track athlete, for taking home the medal for the women’s division of the MIM Sprint Triathalon. And congrats to this year’s winners of the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest:
- Grand Champion and Whole Hog: Jack’s Old South
- Shoulder: Lillie’s
- Q Rib: 10 Bones
- BBQ Patio Porkers: Phat Chance
- Kingsford Tour of Champions: The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
- Grilling Green Award: Sloppy Chops
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